With the amount of data we produce doubling every two years, storage is becoming a primary concern for many data centre managers. But with today’s evolving data centers, does it really matter whether that data is stored on-premise or in the cloud?
Most businesses employ a combination of internal and public computing resources. According to IDG Research Services, over three-fifths of IT applications are currently delivered via on-premise platforms. In three years’ time, this figure is expected to plummet to just over one-third (35%), while IT services delivered via cloud will increase to 65%, up from 38% today.
So why are companies so keen to migrate to the cloud?
Great benefits, low risk
A recent infographic from NetApp shows the key drivers to adopting cloud are:
- Elasticity, the ability to scale up or down to accommodate business needs.
- Less downtime and planned outages.
- The ability to buy and use resources on a per-needed basis.
- Increased IT efficiencies and lower costs.
In particular, Forrester Research says hybrid-clouds are gaining widespread market adoption because they leverage existing IT resources while integrating into public and private cloud environments. It provides greater control over your data, improved application performance, and enhanced collaboration all while helping to centralise IT management.
So if cloud has the potential to revolutionise IT, why does 58% of data still reside in non-cloud environments?
Data Fabric makes hybrid-clouds work
According to analysis from IDG Research, 78% of cloud users say it’s critical or extremely important to manage data across multiple clouds. But with today’s hybrid-clouds a mix of isolated, incompatible data silos, it makes moving data from one cloud to another difficult. And nearly a quarter (23%) of companies say they do a poor job of managing data seamlessly across their cloud environments.
Data Fabric, enabled by NetApp, provides a consistent way to store and manage data across resources located in both the data centre and in the cloud. It gives you control and choice by providing a platform that you can manage data and enforce policies from, across a range of cloud service providers. Delivered through a software-defined approach, the Data Fabric enables you to:
- Benefit from common data services across your choice of resources.
- Leverage the value of your data no matter where it resides.
- Move data from one cloud to another, with ease.
- Gain the data control and choice to realise the full potential of the hybrid cloud.